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E-Ride EUVs for the Grand Coulee Dam

November 13, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bureau of Reclamation Deploys 27 Battery Electrics in Pilot Initiative

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is talking up the deployment of 27 battery electric EUVs – electric utility vehicles – at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State as a pilot project to introduce zero-emission, low-maintenance fleet assets.

The Bureau of Reclamation has deployed 27 XV2 and XV4 Patriot battery electric work vehicles in support of its operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State.

The Bureau of Reclamation has deployed 27 XV2 and XV4 Patriot battery electric work vehicles in support of its operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State.



The lithium ion battery-powered EUVs are built by E-Ride Industries of Princeton, Minn. “They are expected to help meet lower greenhouse gas emissions goals and also solve a chronic vehicle shortage for making short trips around the hydro power complex,” the agency says.

“In the last couple of years, Grand Coulee has added about 130 employees. We’re trying to introduce these electric vehicles as a way to offset our current gas fleet vehicles,” Grand Coulee administrative officer Matt Tillman says in a release.

Largest Dam Has a Large EV Fleet

“Grand Coulee spends over $100,000 on fossil fuel each year. We’re expecting to be able to cut that consumption by 10% to 15%,” he said.

The EUVs will serve an 18-square-mile Grand Coulee campus which includes transmission yards, four power plants, “and the mile-wide dam itself.”

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From the Bureau of Reclamation’s excellent video about EUVs at the Grand Coulee Dam.

Tillman said that that it’s appropriate for the largest dam in the U.S. to have one of the largest fleet of American-made, electric-powered vehicles. “They’re powered by renewable energy that’s generated here at the dam,” he said.

1,000-Pound Payload

“It’s a large power complex and not very far from place to place, but there’s an awful lot of small trips, short trips that employees make each day. That’s hard on vehicles and a poor use of a fossil fuel powered car,” said deputy power manager Doug Anderson.

The Bureau of Reclamation has deployed 13 two-passenger XV2 Patriot and 14 four-passenger XV4 Patriot vehicles, E-Ride CEO John Herou told F&F.

The EUVs can handle a 1,000-pound payload and reach a top speed of 25 mph.

‘Not Golf Carts’

“They’re not golf carts. They’re built for an industrial environment, like Grand Coulee, and that’s how we’re going to use them,” Tillman said.

E-Ride Industries battery electric EUVs on the Grand Coulee Dam spanning the Columbia River in Washington State.

E-Ride Industries battery electric EUVs on the Grand Coulee Dam spanning the Columbia River in Washington State.

The Bureau of Reclamation notes that it’s is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S., with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States.

USBR Video of E-Ride EUVs at the Grand Coulee Dam


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Source: Bureau of Reclamation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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